Why hand hygiene is so important:
Hospital Acquired Infections are frequent and
dangerous, killing more North Americans than all motor vehicle
accidents, plane crashes, and murders combined. According to the
U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), almost half of these
could be reduced or eliminated by improving hand hygiene among
Better hand hygiene is the CDC’s number one guideline
for reducing infections, including SARS, MRSA, and other
multi-drug resistant hospital-acquired infections.*
Patients expect their caregivers to do no harm.
However, study after study shows that caregivers comply with
hand hygiene protocol only 40% of the time.*
The gelFAST idea: “You wear it, you use it.”
In order to increase hand hygiene frequency, a behavior
change was needed, and the inventors of gelFAST had a simple,
powerful idea: Immediate, wearable access to hand hygiene would
make it easy for caregivers to disinfect their hands, and that
would result in a significant increase in hand hygiene
compliance rates. Develop a great gel delivery system, and hand
hygiene would improve.
gelFAST was developed in collaboration with a team of
physicians, scientists, technical experts across a broad
spectrum of disciplines, and hands-on frontline caregivers.
Using this simple, always-accessible antiseptic alcohol gel
delivery device has resulted in significantly increased hand
hygiene frequency. Better hand hygiene is directly linked to
lower hospital-acquired infection rates, reduced operating
costs, and reduced patient morbidity and mortality*.
* Please see references section in gelFAST Brochure for
further information and clinical citations.